Why I always hate August in the garden- by Ellen Mary

By the time we swing into August, us gardeners are harvesting the fruits of our labour with an abundance of cut flowers, trugs of vegetables and tubs of freshly picked fruit. Then we sit back in the garden, feet up with a tipple and enjoy every moment…right? Not so! Ellen Mary can’t be the only…

Should you be faking it in the garden?

The UK seems to have a love-hate relationship with fake flowers, and following today’s ITV This Morning feature about ‘faking it in the garden’, I felt we should explore why people fake it, and how they do it! ‘Would you rather see a garden full of weeds growing through a mattress, propped up against a…

Could these be the most hated plants in Britain?

Guest Blogger, James Robbins, would like to say that he loves all plants. Of course, we often have our favourites, but most gardeners will also encounter their nemesis in the garden. Even those with the greenest of fingers can be tormented by those horticultural thugs.. Here, James looks at a few plants that can plague your…

39 amazing new plants in the USA right now!

I have had an a.mazing few days at the Cultivate Show in Columbus, Ohio. This was my first USA trade show visit, and I was overwhelmed by how many people already recognised me, and would throw themselves at me as I walked the aisles. Thank you, America, I love you back. But, right now, let’s…

How to keep your garden happy in hot weather

Are you finding it a struggle to keep your outdoor plants going in the current hot weather?  Here are 3 tips for your containerised plants: 1. Water in the evening, just before bed time. You will find it easier when the temperatures have dropped. Your plants will take up water better overnight. 2. Is something really…

The ideal plants to keep in a motorhome!

Want to add some colour to your living space, or improve the air quality indoors? This handy infographic by Comfort Insurance highlights the best plants that can be kept indoors, or if you’re a motorhome/caravan owner; they can come on the road with you without the need for constant watering. These indoor plants are relatively…

Find out how the world of new plants works!

The FlowerTrials is an event you’ll have no doubt heard of, if you work anywhere along the plant sales chain. However, if you’re a home gardener, then you may not know what it is! The FlowerTrials is basically a 4 day event, spread across locations in The Netherlands and West Germany, with 59 plant companies…

10 of the most exciting plants from this week’s National Plant Show

The National Plant Show has rapidly become the essential visit that should be in every plant growers diary, thanks to it’s laid back atmosphere, spacious layout and excellent portfolio of suppliers and plants. The Midlands location in the UK is also rather handy too! Here are the 10 most exciting plants from the day! The 2018…

20 totally cool facts about cucumbers!

World Cucumber Day is being celebrated on June 14th, so I felt it was the perfect time to delve into the world of this intriguing green fruit. After all, what else is 2 foot long, 95% water and able to cure a squeaky hinge?! Cucumbers originate from south East Asia. Cucumbers can be up to…

Make your mark with colours in the garden

Colour is so important. We spend hours deliberating over the colour of our new car purchase. We enjoy the experience of being served- and devouring- colourful foods. We fill our gardens and window boxes with brightly coloured flowers and glossy foliage. We also spend a lot of time deciding on which colours to paint the…

Check out the new kids on the block by Tesselaar Plants

With so many plant breeders, hunters and enthusiasts in action around the world, it’s no wonder there are so many new plants introduced each year. Tesselaar Plants trial each of their potential new plants rigorously, and in many locations around the world, so any new plant from them can quickly become a worldwide sensation! Here are 3 of…